Bolton Hall, Fangfoss, Yorkshire (ER)
|Bolton Hall, near Fangfoss: the house after rambling additions of c.1882. Image: Historic England.|
A well-proportioned two-storey five bay hipped-roofed house of rendered brick, built c.1760 for John Nicoll. The central three bays are stepped slightly forward under a three-bay pediment containing an oculus. When it was offered for sale in 1802 the house was said to consist of 'a Drawing Room and a Dining Room, each about 24 feet by 18, and proportionably high, two small rooms, a large Kitchen, back kitchen, pantry etc.' on the ground floor and 'seven bedrooms with closets etc.' on the upper floor, while a leasing advertisement of 1828 noted that it had recently undergone a thorough repair. The house had apparently already have been enlarged by 1836 when an advertisement referred to an entrance hall and library as well as a drawing room 33 feet by 21 and a dining room 30 feet by 21, and it was further enlarged and altered by T.N.F. Bardwell in about 1882. However, most of the 19th century additions were removed in 1969-73 when the house was restored by Ferrey & Mennim for Col. Worsley.
|Bolton Hall: the house after reduction by Ferrey & Mennim in 1969-73.|
Bardwell family of Bolton Hall
Bardwell, John (d. 1826). Parentage unknown. He may possibly be identifiable with the John Bardwell, 'dealer in china' who also acted as a carrier of other delicate goods between London and Norwich, and who invited custom in the press in 1780. By 1785 he was an auctioneer in Sheffield. He married Honor Newman and had issue including:
(1) John Bardwell (b. 1776), baptised at St Mary, Whitechapel (Middx), 28 August 1776;
(2) Hannah Bardwell (b. 1780), baptised at St Mary, Whitechapel (Middx), 28 May 1780;
(3) Elizabeth Bardwell (b. 1783), baptised at Christ Church, Spitalfields (Middx), 20 July 1783;
(4) Thomas Newman Bardwell (c.1787-1862) (q.v.).
He died in Sheffield, 21 August 1826. His wife's date of death is unknown.
Bardwell, Thomas Newman (c.1787-1862). Eldest son of John Bardwell (d. 1826) and his wife Honor Newman, baptised at Sheffield, 13 January 1788. JP for Yorkshire. Auctioneer in Sheffield (retired 1845). Trustee of the Rotherham & Four Lane Ends Turnpike Trust. He married, 29 June 1814 at Sheffield (Yorks), Martha Eadon (d. 1865) and had issue:
(1) Thomas Newman Bardwell (1815-60), born 2 June and baptised at Sheffield, 29 June 1815; auctioneer in Sheffield in partnership with his father and brother until 1845; also stockbroker, in partnership with his brother and John Fawcett until 1845; died without issue, at Scarborough (Yorks), 1 May 1860; administration of his goods granted to his father, 13 August 1860 (effects under £100).
(2) Frederick Bardwell (1818/9-90) (q.v.).
He bought Bolton Hall near Fangfoss (Yorks) in 1858.
He died 18 June, and was buried at Ecclesall (Yorks WR), 23 June 1862; his will was proved 9 July 1862 (effects under £4,000). His widow died in Scarborough, 2 September 1865; administration of her goods was granted 25 October 1879 (effects under £50).
Bardwell, Frederick (1818/9-90). Only surviving son of Thomas Newman Bardwell (c.1787-1862) and his wife Martha Eadon, born 15 July 1818/9* and baptised at Sheffield, 6 December 1826. He began as an auctioneer in Sheffield, in partnership with his father and brother, and was also a stockbroker, in partnership with his brother and John Fawcett, until 1845. He seems then to have broadened his interests, becoming an original promoter of Joseph Rodgers & Son Ltd., the cutlery manufacturers and one of the managing directors of that firm until shortly before his death; he was also a director of Samuel Fox & Co. Ltd. He played little part in public affairs apart from being a JP for the West Riding of Yorkshire and serving as a member of Sheffield Town Council, 1870-71, a position from which he resigned after finding the work uncongenial. He was a director of the Sheffield Water Co., 1874-76 and 1881-90. He paid for the building of St. Thomas, Wincobank, Sheffield, and the associated rectory and schools, 1876, in memory of his parents and brother. He married 1st, 27 March 1850 at Sheffield (Yorks), Anne (1820-50), daughter of Maurice Rodgers and 2nd, 7 November 1860 at St Martin, York, her sister Elizabeth Rodgers (1818-93), and had issue:
(1.1) Thomas Newman Frederick Bardwell (1850-1931) (q.v.).
He lived at Lynton (Devon) and Scarborough (Yorks) in the 1850s; he inherited Bolton Hall from his father in 1862 but let it from 1864 and lived at Woodleigh (Notts) and latterly at Park Villa, Worksop (Notts). He owned an estate at Wincobank, Sheffield, which he seems to have developed for housing.
He died 3 May 1890; his will was proved 4 June 1890 (estate £48,709). His first wife died in 1850. His widow was buried at Ecclesall (Yorks WR), 5 June 1893.
*The entry for his baptism in the parish register gives the date as 1818; the plate on his coffin said 1819 (as reported in the local press).
Bardwell, Thomas Newman Frederick (1850-1931). Only son of Frederick Bardwell (1818/9-90) and his wife Anne, daughter of Maurice Rodgers, born 3 July 1850. Educated at Malvern College, Pembroke College, Oxford (matriculated 1869; SCL and BA 1873; MA 1876) and the Inner Temple (admitted 1873; called 1877). Chairman of Joseph Rogers & Sons, cutlery manufacturers, of Sheffield, 1918; Barrister-at-law; JP and DL for East Riding of Yorkshire; County Councillor and Commissioner of Taxes for East Riding. He married, 29 April 1880 at Shifnal (Shrops.), Lucy Sophia (c.1854-99), eldest daughter of Rev. William Bishton Garnett-Botfield of Decker Hill and Bishop's Castle (Shrops.), and had issue:
(1) Grace Frederica Bardwell (1882-1960), born 30 June 1882; married, 4 January 1905, Percy Ayscough Willis (1882-1946), youngest son of Gen. Sir George Harry Smith Willis GCB and had issue two sons and two daughters; died 13 March 1960; will proved 9 May 1960 (estate £2,754);
(2) Thomas Garnett Newman Bardwell (1883-1957) (q.v.);
(3) Sybil Augusta Bardwell (1885-1954), born 2 February 1885; served with ARP in Second World War; married, 2 January 1908, Sir Geoffrey Arnold Ripley (1883-1954), 3rd bt., but had no issue; died 11 August 1954;
(4) Margery Sophia Bardwell (1886-1968), born 6 May 1886; married, 20 February 1906, Maj. William John Corbett-Winder (1875-1950) of Vaynor Park (Montgomerys.) and had issue one son and two daughters; died 20 December 1968; will proved 4 March 1969 (estate £805);
(5) Capt. Tatton Botfield Bardwell (1888-1928), born 18 August 1888; educated at Eton and Royal Military College, Sandhurst; an officer in Montgomeryshire Regt. (Capt.); married, 25 June 1914 at Holy Trinity, Chelsea (Middx), Mary Margaret (d. 1946), younger daughter of Alexander James Henry Campbell of Dunstaffnage, and had issue two sons and one daughter; died 14 March 1928;
(6) Mary Myrtle Bardwell (1891-1974), born 7 April and baptised at Full Sutton (Yorks), 10 May 1891; married, 11 February 1915 at St Saviour, Walton St., Chelsea (Middx), Rev. Edmund Henry Corbett-Winder (1882-1960), rector of West Stafford (Dorset), and had issue two sons and one daughter; died 28 January 1974; will proved 1 August 1974 (estate £5,853);
(7) Capt. William Scott Bardwell (1892-1968), born 18 April 1892; educated at Cheam School, Royal Naval Colleges, Osborne and Dartmouth; an officer in the Royal Navy, 1909-46 (2nd Lt., 1912; Lt., 1913; Cmdr., 1924; Capt., 1940); served in Second World War; awarded DSO and bar, 1942, 1944; appointed MVO, 1929; married, 18 October 1921, Ellen Louise, daughter of Dr. C. Manville Pratt of Towanda, Pennsylvania (USA) and had issue one son and one daughter; died 24 October 1968.
He inherited Bolton Hall from his father in 1890.
He died at Folkestone (Kent), 28 March 1931, and was buried at Bishop Wilton (Yorks ER), 31 March 1931; his will was proved June 1931 (estate £56,626). His wife died 20 November 1899.
|Capt T.G.N. Bardwell (1883-1957).|
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He inherited Bolton Hall from his father in 1931 but sold it soon afterwards. He lived latterly at The Boltons, Royston (Herts).
He died 25 April 1957; his will was proved 3 June 1957 (estate £30,538).
Burke's Landed Gentry, 1952, p. 109.
Location of archives
No significant accumulation is known to survive.
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Can you help?
- Can anyone supply more information about the ownership history of Bolton Hall after its sale by the Bardwells in 1931?
- I should be most grateful if anyone can provide photographs or portraits of people whose names appear in bold above, and who are not already illustrated.
- As always, any additions or corrections to the account given above will be gratefully received and incorporated.